Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - It has been claimed as a great healer, with magnetic therapies being proposed over the centuries and still popular today. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. For centuries magnetism has been used for various exploits; through compasses it gave us navigation and through motors, generators, and turbines it has given us power.

Magnetism is a strange force, mysteriously attracting one object to another apparently through empty space. Blundell explores our understanding of electricity and magnetism, and goes on to explore how Maxwell and Faraday's work led to the unification of electricity and magnetism, and Tesla, from the work of Galvani, Ampere, Faraday, thought of as one of themost imaginative developments in theoretical physics.

Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - With a discussion of the relationship between magnetism and relativity, quantum magnetism, and its impact on computers and information storage, Blundell shows how magnetism has changed our fundamental understanding of the Universe. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Light: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Our sense of sight provides us with direct information about space and time, the physical arrangement of the world, and how it changes. But the light we see is just a small part of the whole spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, ranging from radio waves to gamma rays. In this very short introduction ian walmsley discusses early attempts to explain light, and the development of apparently opposing particulate and wave theories by scientists such as Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens.

He shows how light was recognized as an electromagnetic wave in the 19th century, and the development of the quantum mechanics view of wave-particle duality in the 20th century. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Light: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - . This almost universal shared sensation of vision has led to a fascination with the nature and properties of light across the ages. He also describes the many applications of light, domestic and scientific, DVDs, such asmicrowaves, and lasers. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

We now use the whole range of electromagnetic radiation to peer both into the human body and deep into space. Turning to the future of optics, Walmsley concludes by looking at some of the most exciting new developments using quantum light sources in communications and computing. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - It was the study of gravity that led Einstein to his profound realisations about the nature of space and time. Gravity is not only universal, it is also essential for understanding the behaviour of the Universe, and all astrophysical bodies within it. In this very short introduction Timothy Clifton looks at the development of our understanding of gravity since the early observations of Kepler and Newtonian theory.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Gravity is one of the four fundamental interactions that exist in nature. It also has the distinction of being the oldest, weakest, and most difficult force to quantize. Today, almost 100 years after Einstein published his theory of gravity, we have even detected the waves of gravitational radiation that he predicted.

Understanding gravity is not only essential for understanding the motion of objects on Earth, but also the motion of all celestial objects, and even the expansion of the Universe itself. He discusses einstein's theory of gravity, which now supplants newton's, why GPS satellites need their clocks corrected as they orbit the Earth, showing how it allows us to understand why the frequency of light changes as it passes through a gravitational field, and why the orbits of distant neutron stars speed up.

Gravity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - . Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Clifton concludes by considering the testing and application of general relativity in astrophysics and cosmology, and looks at dark energy and efforts such as stringtheory to combine gravity with quantum mechanics.

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The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas or the cooling of a hot metal, to the unfolding of a thought in our minds and even the course of life itself, everything is governed by the four Laws of Thermodynamics. These laws specify the nature of 'energy' and 'temperature', and are soon revealed to reach out and define the arrow of time itself: why things change and why death must come.

In this very short introduction Peter Atkins explains the basis and deeper implications of each law, highlighting their relevance in everyday examples. Using the minimum of mathematics, free energy, he introduces concepts such as entropy, and to the brink and beyond of the absolute zero temperature. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. These are not merely abstract ideas: they govern our lives. In this concise and compelling introduction Atkins paints a lucid picture of the four elegant laws that, between them, drive the Universe.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109

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OUP Oxford #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, analysis, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. In this compelling introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe, Frank Close takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino.

He concludes by looking ahead to newideas about the mystery of antimatter, the number of dimensions that there might be in the universe, and to what the next 50 years of research might reveal. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 109 #ad - Along the way he provides fascinating insights into how discoveries in particle physics have actually been made, and discusses how our picture of the world has been radically revised in the light of these developments. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

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Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190

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OUP Oxford #ad - And that was just the Special Theory. Using very little mathematics, from e=mc2 to black holes, Russell Stannard explains the important concepts of relativity, and explores the theory's impact on science and on our understanding of the universe. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. 100 years ago, einstein's theory of relativity shattered the world of physics. Our comforting newtonian ideas of space and time were replaced by bizarre and counterintuitive conclusions: if you move at high speed, time slows down, space squashes up and you get heavier; travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, be squashed thinner than a CD without feeling a thing - and live for ever.

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 190 #ad - With the general theorycame even stranger ideas of curved space-time, and changed our understanding of gravity and the cosmos. This authoritative and entertaining Very Short Introduction makes the theory of relativity accessible and understandable. Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, analysis, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 69

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OUP Oxford #ad - Quantum theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, complementarity, probabilistic physics, the problematic character of measurement, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed.

Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 69 #ad - About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, new ideas, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Thomson's discovery of the electron at the end of the 19th century, which implied the existence of a positive charge in the atom to make it neutral. In this very short introduction frank close gives an account of how this area of physics has progressed, including the recognition of how heavy nuclei are built up in the cores of stars and in supernovae, the identificationof quarks and gluons, and the development of quantum chromodynamics QCD.

These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Nuclear physics began long before the identification of fundamental particles, with J. J. Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, analysis, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Exploring key concepts such as the stability of different configurations of protons and neutrons in nuclei, Frank Close shows how nuclear physics brings the physics of the stars to Earth and provides us with important applications, particularly in medicine. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, new ideas, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Superconductivity is one of the most exciting areas of research in physics today. Outlining the history of its discovery, this very short introduction explains in accessible terms the theories that have been developed, and how they have influenced other areas of science, and the race to understand its many mysterious and counter-intuitive phenomena, including the Higgs boson of particle physics and ideas about the early Universe.

It is an engaging andinformative account of a fascinating scientific detective story, and an intelligible insight into some deep and beautiful ideas of physics. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

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Waves: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - Mike goldsmith discusses how wave motion results in a range of phenomena, from reflection, diffraction, interference, and polarization in the case of light waves to beats and echoes for sound. We live in a world of waves. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Look closer and deeper and more kinds of waves appear, down to the most fundamental level of reality. This very short introduction looks at all the main kinds of wave, effects, their sources, and uses. Our expert authors combine facts, perspective, new ideas, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

. All waves, however different, share many of the same features, and, as Goldsmith shows, for all their complexities many of their behaviours are fundamentally simple. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

Waves: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Beneath the skin, and the universe is filled by a vast spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, our brains and bodies are awash with waves of their own, of which visible light is the narrowest sliver. Casting the net even wider, there are mechanical waves, quantum wave phenomena, and the now clearly detectedgravitational waves.

The earth shakes to its foundations, the seas and oceans tremble incessantly, sea, sounds reverberate through land, and air.

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Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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OUP Oxford #ad - It enables us to understand the structure and evolution of planetary systems, interstellar gas, galaxies, stars, and the cosmos as a whole. In this very short introduction, combined with the rapid advance of computing power, with vast quantities of data gathered by telescopes exploiting all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, the leading astrophysicist James Binney shows how the field of astrophysics has expanded rapidly in the past century, which has allowed increasingly effective mathematical modelling.

He illustrates how the application of fundamental principles of physics - the consideration of energy and mass, andmomentum - and the two pillars of relativity and quantum mechanics, has provided insights into phenomena ranging from rapidly spinning millisecond pulsars to the collision of giant spiral galaxies.

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable . This is a clear, rigorous introduction to astrophysics for those keen to cut their teeth on a conceptualtreatment involving some mathematics.

About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Astrophysics is the physics of the stars, and more widely the physics of the Universe.

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